Do you have a lemon tree in your backyard? Living in sunny Southern California, I have a well-established lemon tree that produces three bountiful lemon harvests each year. Cleaning with lemon juice became a natural outcropping of the sheer volume of lemons I get every year. After all, how many lemons can you turn into teas, squares and gifts to friends? If the price of natural cleaning products makes you wince, do your natural home cleaning with lemon juice instead. It is easy!
1. Chopping boards
They get grimy, darkened and discolored. Chabad homemaking mavens point out that when you clean a discolored chopping board with lemon juice, it will whiten once again.
Cut open a lemon and sprinkle it with a little bit of kosher salt. Rub the lemon half over brass and copper pots. This natural home cleaning method returns the pots’ shine.
3. Rust spots
Mix lemon juice and household salt and apply the paste to rust spots. Leave the cleaner on for a bit and then wash off. Depending on the severity of the rust, repetition may be required.
4. Vegetables and fruits
Melons just recently were the harbingers of food borne illness. Avoid the potential of E. coli contamination by rinsing fruits and vegetables with lemon juice and then continuing the cleaning under running water, experts at the Colorado State University explains.
Yes, lemons do windows. Mix half a cup of white vinegar with a quart of lukewarm water. Add a quarter cup of lemon juice and mix. This solution is strong enough to cut through the grease on the kitchen window.
6. Shower doors
Interestingly enough, lemon juice is also among the natural cleaning products that will have great results on glass shower doors. When lime and soap scum dull the glass, cut open a lemon and polish the door. If you keep diluted lemon juice in a spray bottle, simply spray the door and the let the juice soak in. Come back after half an hour and wet the door again. Wipe it clean with a wet sponge.
Cleaning with lemon juice and baking soda allows you to create your home cleaning scrub. Who needs the bleach? Utah State University researchers note that sprinkling both ingredients into the toilet bowl and then walking away is a great way to let the natural chemical reactions take place. Brush the inside of the bowl when your return.
If you borrowed your BFF’s favorite Tupperware container, you know that she will not appreciate getting back a discolored item. Put some baking soda into the container and use a half a lemon to scrub the Tupperware inside and out. Odds are good that the discoloration is gone.
Add equal parts vegetable oil and lemon juice. The National Environmental Services Center notes that you can also use a pint of mineral oil mixed with one tablespoon of lemon oil. For best results, put the mixture into a spray bottle. Rub the cleaning solution onto the wood and polish.
10. Stove top spills
Oh, the baked on sauce! While you could scrub and fret, why not make a paste of baking soda and lemon juice? Apply it to the stove top spill and let the mix sit for a bit. Come back after 15 minutes and wipe off the paste — and the spill — with a wet sponge and only a little bit of elbow grease.